News from - Rugby School

rugbyschool.net
  • No tags were found...

News from - Rugby School

Summer2010Number 44News fromRugby SchoolContents2 Speakers’ Corner3 Teamwork & Trips4 Music Notes5 Mock General Election6 A Tradition of Service7 Arts Festival11 Brag Board13 Games Round-UpThe BoyfriendStuart Hill


summer 2010summer 2010Speakers’cornerPhilosophy Society welcomed theworld-renowned public intellectualProfessor AC Grayling of BirkbeckCollege who addressed the questionof whether humanism or religionprovides the foundations for ethics.His address illuminated the historyof thought about questions of valueand forced all present to examine thegrounds on which their own ethicaloutlook is based. Professor Graylingdid acknowledge that there was abrief period in which the humanistand the transcendental conceptionsof ethics had co-existed; but therewas a dichotomy between ethicalsystems which are premised on thecommandments of a transcendentbeing and those which look insteadto our best understanding of humannature.The Temple Society hosted twocomplementary speakers, one on theinfluence of the media on religion,the other on how to identify truth.The Revd Richard Coles, ex-memberof the Communards and now acurate in Knightsbridge, spoke ofthe inevitably awkward, mutuallyuncomprehending relationshipbetween Church and media. Themedia liked to generate conflict,so use unrepresentative religiouswitnesses who easily play into theirhands and enable them to be theking-makers. The ‘God slot’ is nowdisregarded and religious contentcompromised as it is merged withother forms of culture. For ‘How canwe tell if it’s true?’ This was the keyquestion raised by Mr John Peirson,whose now traditional summeroffering to the Temple Societyseemed to embrace all the specificissues raised over the year. Therewere of course different kinds of truth(empirical, abstract, direct personalawareness, which at a deeper levelbecomes numinous experience): thepoint was to distinguish betweenthem. At first sight there was aclear difference between empiricaltruth and moral conviction. But ifwe observe the consequences ofour actions, moral reasoning mayturn out to be a form of empiricaltruth. And underlying everything isthe depth that is God, the source ofcreative energy.The Bateson Society welcomedProfessor Sir Ghillean Prance FRSVMH, Scientific Director for theEden Project in Cornwall and aformer Director of the Royal BotanicGardens, to speak on the biologicalevidence for climate change. Andscience talk thrived generally thanksto two Heads of Science. Dr MikeThompson, Head of Chemistry atWinchester (now Head of Science atRugby), gave a highly entertaininglecture on ‘The Chemistry ofCooking’, demonstrating hiscredentials as author of the Pre-UChemistry textbook. Mr Fisher’sswansong was a lecture on ‘The Artof Science’, in which he started fromDuke of Edinburgh Goldthe famous 1959 Rede lecture by CPSnow to explore the ‘two cultures’of arts and sciences and to showhow problematic the distinctionis. Through music, film clips andnumerous paintings, he covereddiverse themes from experimentationwith light and colour to the rise ofabstraction in the last hundred years.It was a breathtaking historical tourfrom the Renaissance to the presentday, including, finally, a vocalperformance by Mr Fisher with hisguitar.The Junior Brains Trust tackledquestions from the audience rangingfrom the urgently topical - ‘Will ahung parliament spell disaster forour country?’ - to the philosophicallypuzzling - ‘If all of the books are takenout of a library, is it still a library?’More topically, Black LampSociety discussed the Conservativeideals which aim to put society ratherthan the economy at the forefrontof political debate. What were themerits of David Cameron’s ‘bigsociety’? Successful examples werecited, like schools, which generallyinclined this society to favour theidea.Frazer Hemming-allenTeamwork& TripsTeamwork is central to lifeat Rugby, whether in outdoorexpeditions, business games oracademic field work.The Rugby Schools PartnershipInitiative brought together lowersixth form pupils from RugbySchool, Rugby High, LawrenceSheriff and Ashlawn, each of whomhad committed to organise andhost an event. Lawrence Sheriffset the ball rolling with a tabletennis tournament of mixed schoolpairings that resulted in loud callsfor a repeat event. Rugby High ledthe production of a French fairytaleby language pupils, which thentoured primary schools to inspireyounger children with a love ofModern Languages. Ashlawnhosted Question Time, a livelyinterchange of political views fromall quarters. Rugby hosted ananimated balloon debate, swiftlyfollowed by the stock traders’ game.Business Studies and Economicspupils formed trading groups tobuy, trade, hedge and sell $50,000worth of stocks on the openmarket. Some will have concludedthey should never risk their ownmoney; others, remembering thesweet taste of success, will havealready asked mum’s bank for anadvance. Should those funds notbe forthcoming, the winning teamwill be rewarded with a visit toMorgan Stanley to see the tradingfloor in action.Some may have discovered theirfuture career at the annual HigherEducation and Gap Fair,attended by 19 top universities and18 gap year organisations, whichenabled pupils and parents to speakdirectly with admissions tutorsand gap year organisers about theopportunities available.For many D Block the end of GCSEsmeant the start of Silver Dukeof Edinburgh expeditions andteamwork of a less cerebral kind.Then the Gold award expeditionsaw the biggest Rugby Schoolgroup on record (42 pupils)setting off for the Peak District.The logistics of taking such a largegroup meant good teamworkwas essential, not to mention anawareness of individual strengthsand weaknesses. Navigation, campcraft, communication skills andleadership were all put to the test.But all made good progress. Somepushed themselves further thanthey thought possible and survivedto tell the tale. Some learnt to relyon others for the first time. As theylay on the grass verge at the endof the trip, some were heard to say,‘Never, never again’; others werealready making plans for July 2011.Field trips took various forms.A-Level Biologists attended theField Studies Centre in NettlecombeCourt to explore the OCRspecification module on Ecosystems,Populations and Sustainability insitu. A Chemistry trip to WarwickUniversity introduced E Block pupilsto the £2 million new chemistrylab. Their task for the day was tomanufacture aspirin under thesupervision of PhD students whoalso gave them a tour of theirpersonal laboratories. After theday’s experiment was complete, thepurity of aspirin samples was testedusing the infrared spectrometer.For at least one pupil, it was ‘athoroughly enjoyable, inspirationaland informative day’.Modern Languages took a highlyenjoyable Marshall House trip to LeTouquet, which involved the marketin Étaples, a tour of Boulogne’s oldtown, a walking tour of Montreuilsur-Merand a bread-makingdemonstration in a boulangerie atHardelot. Various worksheets werecompleted. Then there was theBagatelle theme park, a crêperie(ordering strictly in French), theAuchun hypermarket in Calais andlunch at Flunch in Cité Europe beforetaking the ferry back to Dover.Finally, at the start of the summerholidays, E Block Classicists visitedthe Bay of Naples. On the firstmorning they were up bright andearly to visit Pompeii, starting inthe amphitheatre and making theirway round the houses, temples,forum and brothel, stopping onlyto examine casts of those killed inthe eruption nearly 2000 years ago.Another day involved a ‘rather longand scenic route’ towards Amalfiwhere ‘the coast was breath-takingand the views were spectacular’.Paestum revealed huge ancienttemples and Herculaneum ‘perfectlykept’ ruins: ‘even the paint was stillon the walls and so were the remainsof Roman mosaics (and some morebodies)’.2Pip Shergold3


summer 2010summer 2010revealed quieter, hidden sides ofthe members of Rugby School’scommon room.’Schumann’s Dichterliebe (‘Poet’sLove’) was a collaboration ofthe Modern Languages andMusic departments as Mr Gillettintroduced Heine’s songs and MrColley accompanied Dr Smith,‘acting as the intermediary, as he is alover of both languages and music’.‘Dichterliebe was passionately andbeautifully performed by two skilledmusicians’, while the insights intoGerman Romantic poetry ‘madethe concert even more fascinating’.In The Weakest Link, ‘Asthe lights dimmed, the tensionmounted. Miss Dixon’s (or shouldI say Anne Robinson’s) orangewig seemed to impart the truecharacter of the quiz host withher amusing anecdotes andsnappy questions.’ Small surpriseshe made ‘points sparse andcontestants drop like flies’, until thewinner ‘calmly claimed the title ofvictor. A fabulous show of generalknowledge that imparted a fewinteresting facts to the audience,I’m sure!’The plastic arts were representedby the Staff and Scholars’Exhibition. ‘Upon entering theLewis Galley one is immediatelygreeted by great fluorescentpaintings and truly eye-grabbingthree dimensional modern art, allof which displays Rugby School’strue artistic talent and ability.’This included ‘a beautiful creationby our very own ChristopherJohn which would be at home inan upmarket gallery, wonderfulphotography and outstandingpaintings from our D Block and thefinely tuned work of our XX.’There were guest appearances too.Sam Troughton, currently playingRomeo at the RSC, gave ‘an inspiringinsight into the life of a well-knownprofessional actor. He had lots to tellus, from what it was like to portraycontrasting roles to the differencesbetween stage and screen. Once hehad described his journey to success,we saw a clip of him starring as Muchin the BBC series Robin Hood. As if bythat point we needed any proof ofjust how great an actor he is!’Various stasimons of Sophocles’Antigone were performed ‘underthe marvellous direction of JohnHarrison, a noted classicist andtheatrical director’. Following adiscussion of ancient tragedy, ‘theaudience went on to examine thefundamental role of the Greekchorus and in a workshop-styleformat explored their significancewithin the plot.’According to the reviewer of ImproCrash Course, ‘improvisation isdefinitely a difficult skill, so I wassceptical when I turned up in thedance studio for a crash course. Wewere thrown into several dramaticgames to ‘free our minds’, havingbeen instructed not to think, whichwas in fact really difficult!’ But guestdirector Oliver Senton ‘tried tomuster our enthusiasm’, and ‘itwas actually a lot of fun in the end,creating human sandwiches, soundballs and a strip club surprisingly!’OBS ‘heated up with the sound ofauthentic Spanish flamenco musicfrom the distinguished musician andbroadcaster Marcos, who, betweenspell-binding rhythms and readingpassages from his book, treated usto an extensive history of the originsof Andalucía’s gypsy culture. Inparticular, Marcos focused on the lifeof Camarón de la Isla and the wayin which his music has influencedflamenco all over the world today.’In the end there were so manyevents the reviewers could hardlycover them all. There was Egyptianface-painting, Mendelssohn’s pianotrio in D minor, a workshop on silentfilm-making, a tea dance, a dramaworkshop given by professionalactor Will Kenning, a performanceof Oedipus as King directed by theubiquitous Max Pappenheim, a twopianoversion of Holst’s ‘The Planets’,jazz in the afternoon and songsfor a summer evening, a ModernLanguages soirée enlivened by pupilvideos and talks by teachers on ‘Theart of science’ and ‘Is pop music art?’There were eight Sketches ‘cleverlydevised and written by members ofthe cast’; and the cookery sketch‘will definitely be remembered forthe mess it created’.As usual, the final event broughteveryone together, this time to feastthe senses on a pageant of 1920sfashion, dance and music from theFestival Big Band. The FashionShow Finale was a ‘fitting end tothe spectacular collection of showsand performances on offer thissummer. The stylish models showedoff their designers’ fantastic twentiesdesigns with much flair and muchpouting!’ The compères’ voices‘followed them strutting down therunway of the TSR, with Mr Eno’sjazz orchestra booming out swing.There were not only trumpets andsaxophones blasting but also MrsNaylor and Mr Richards singing, andof course Eunseog Lee, giving his lastperformance to his Rugby Schoolfans.’ The cast of The Boyfriendreprised their catchiest song,‘brilliantly rounding off perhaps thebest Arts Festival so far!’Stuart HillSpeech Day Prize GivingAcademic: The School achieved anexcellent set of results at A2, Pre-U andAS level with 65.2% of A2/Pre–U gradesat A*-A. Four pupils (Peter Morris, IzzyOrmiston, Will Rowlands and CarlosPang) obtained six As and a furthersix obtained five. The D Block achievedthe best set of GCSE results ever withan impressive 80.6% of A*/A grades,45.8% at A*. 51 pupils achieved 10grades at A*/A and eight (Kezia Fender,Harriet Slater, Eva van den Belt, SeongPark, Sophie Sheach, Margaux Steyaert,Alexandra Shaw, Freddie Wildblood) afull set of ten A*s.Athletics: Several individual schoolrecords were broken: Ben Sutherlandthe junior boys’ 1500m record set in1981; Sam Pointon the intermediateboys’ javelin record set in 1990; CharlesOgunkeyede the intermediate boys’ highjump record set in 1993; Chessie Ruffellthe intermediate girls’ shot putt recordset in 1998. Jonathan Chin and TimothyKerr-Chin competed in the LeicestershireCounty Athletics Championships.Jonathan won both the U17 100m and200m and Timothy won both the 100mand 200m, setting new records in both,so now holds the County Championshiprecord for both events in the U11 andU13 age groups. ‘For the 60m I ran 7.98seconds which is 2nd in the UK all time.’Oli Wetherill, Theo Silkstone-Carter andDevon Byrne competed in the RegionalCombined Events Championships atthe end of term and qualified for theNational Finals. Charles Ogunkeyede,Ben Pointon, Ben Sutherland and DevonByrne competed in the English SchoolsNational Track and Field Finals inBirmingham at the start of the holidays.All qualified for their respective finalsin a highly competitive field against anumber of junior international athletes.Chapel: Two CDs are now available:‘Jogging with Jesus’, a selection of Chapeltalks by the Chaplain Richard Horner;and ‘Choral Music from Rugby School’sung by the School Choir.Chemistry Olympiad: Commendationswere awarded to Alex Bowers, JoanNg, Peter Morris, Jess Hastings, GeorgeConnell, Eathar Shakweh and GeorgiaArcher-Clowes. Silver was awarded to OliviaAirey and Alex Barrett-Evans; Bronzeto Merrick Ho, Helen Bowen Wright,George Ribaroff and TP McFarlane.Cricket: Jake Kings made his first centuryfor Wales U16 over the summer and waspresented by Glamorgan CCC Academywith their ‘Most Promising Player’ award.Bertie Bennett-Jones and George Terryalso played county cricket, for Northantsand Leicestershire respectively.1011


summer 2010summer 2010Design: Alex Thorn and Hugo Mansonwere awarded Arkwright DesignScholarships.Drama: Shakespeare in Styria2010, which offered two productionsfor the first time (King Lear and AMidsummer Night’s Dream), involvedno fewer than four Rugbeians: directorNick Allen, Freddie Stewart returningfor the third time prior to starting atRADA (‘a magnificent, subtle portrayalof the key role of Bottom, too oftenreduced to a figure of fun’), AbigailRibbans (‘a magical performanceas lead fairy’: ‘her elegant poiseand winning presence gave joy toone and all’) and Tristram Hobson(who as Flute/Thisby ‘contrived tobe both breathtakingly funny andheartbreakingly moving, a remarkableachievement’). Tess Annan and TillyFletcher successfully auditioned for theNational Youth Theatre and spent twoweeks performing with them duringthe summer.Duke of Edinburgh: Silver wasawarded to Happi Starling, RobinYounghusband, Emma Sweet, JamesFirth, Ben Armstrong, Alicia Walker,Zoe Lord and Chloe Quinlan. Bronze toSun Assakul, Julien Petitjean, MargauxSteyaert, Toby Skailes, Jess Mason,Eleanor Robertson, Julia Hewitt, HarryJohnston, Jessica Abel, Eleanor Hall,James Day, Sophie Lawrie, HenryMitchell, Poppy Mostyn-Owen, NoelNewman, Hitomi Kayama, ThomasOsborn, Tom Radley, Tom Barker,Rosanna Roberts, Arabella Bowers,Lydia Campbell-Black, XantheGladstone, Sarang Lee, Sam Bennett,James Bateson, Mairi Hilleary, CharlieCunningham, Abhijit Roy, Peter Style,Johnnie Martin, Alice Miller, LauraGordon-Lennox, Jess Bickerton, IsobelWrigley, Ella Dodd, James Walker,Charlotte Sweet, Caroline Cieslewicz,Olivia Flowers, Amy Green, HannahBibby, Livvy Constable-Maxwell,Isabelle Holton.Gap Year: Tillie Bennett-Jones wasawarded a prestigious Bulkeley-EvansHMC Scholarship towards her projectin Nairobi.Hockey: Alice Stuart-Grumbar playedin the Silver Medal winning Englandteam in the UK School Games.Mathematics: 36% of entrants wereawarded Gold (6% nationally) in theUK Intermediate Maths Challenge:Jamie Couchman, Harry Marchant,Seong Park, Alastair Potts, SamSummers, Max van der Post, RichardBrumpton, Ellie Hall, ChristopherPalmer, Tom Radley, Michael Varley,Ptolemy Jenkins, Guy Lough and AliceGeary who was ‘Best in School’. Thehighest scorers went on to the nextround where Certificates of Merit wereachieved by Tom Ribaroff, RichardWatkins and Daniil Miroshnichenko.In the British Mathematical OlympiadRobin Younghusband received aCertificate of Distinction.Music: Distinctions were awardedto Daniil Miroshnichenko and HarryPateman (Grade 2 Piano), JamesHaynes and Robin Younghusband(Grade 5 Theory) and Eliza Talbot-Williams (Grade 7 Treble Recorder).Polo: Ciara McKibbin played for YoungEngland v Italy in two test matches thisSenior Schools Polo Finalsummer. James Hudson represented UKSchools and played for a Young Englandside in a tri-nations tournament.Rugby Football: At Easter SamPointon played for England U16 in theFour Nations tournament and GeorgeRibaroff for Bermuda U19 againstBrookline High. Tom Wiegman wasselected for the Independent Schools’Barbarians tour of the Far East. AlexGrove OR was selected for the Scotlandsquad to tour Argentina over thesummer.Sailing: Hannah Bibby and Ian Sillettcame fifth at the National SchoolsChampionships at Itchenor.Science: Jonathan Willetts wasawarded a Nuffield Science Bursary byOxford University to research aspects ofgrapheme.Writing: Hanz MacDonald had hisplay Brit Grit performed at the BelgradeTheatre Coventry. ‘With Britain’sgreatness on the line, Mr Detrimentum(a member of the Uncivil Service)arranges for Milada to go back in timeto uncover the secret of the country’sformer prosperity. Milada meets heroldest British ancestor Yasmin; butcan a woman recently arrived fromPakistan really hold the answer toBritain’s greatness?’Stuart HillGamesRound-UpAs results go, the 2010 cricketseason was one of the most successfulin recent years. Not only were elevenmatches won, but there were fourcenturies (all from Joe Moxham),two five-wicket hauls (Tom Clarkeand George Mackenzie) and one sixwickethaul (Jake Kings). There is nodoubt the boys improved as cricketersduring the tour of India in December2009: the XI beat the MCC by sevenwickets, the first victory over theMCC for many years. Joe Moxhamand George Mackenzie put on 161for the first wicket, the first of manyexcellent first wicket partnerships.Marlborough’s form had been similarto ours so we expected a competitivegame when they arrived for the155th match between the schools– but the first half hour was quiteextraordinary. Marlborough, havingwon the toss and elected to bat,suddenly found themselves 0 for2, 4 for 4, 10 for 5 and 30 for 6. Acombination of good seam bowlingand wonderful catching createdpanic in the Marlborough ranks.Unfortunately the XI was unable todismiss Marlborough for less than ahundred and they finally made 147.Moxham and Mackenzie continuedtheir form at the top of the orderand put on 187 for the first wicket.We decided to bat on the followingmorning and declared on 336 for 9with a lead of 190 and a hundredovers to bowl Marlborough out for asecond time. The XI started well andMarlborough were 16 for 2 but somegood batting and slightly waywardbowling allowed Marlborough todominate the post-lunch session.In the end we did manage to bowlthem out for 273, but they were 83ahead and there were only a handfulof overs left…The festival was played at thepicturesque Malvern College andwe were joined by Blundells andDownside. On a very small groundwe finally bowled Blundells out for280, which was 30 more than theyshould have got, and following adisappointing batting display the XIwere bowled out for 216. We playedMalvern on the second day and,winning the toss, batted first. At 123for 9 the XI were in real trouble, yetan excellent 51 stand between twoE Blockers allowed us to set Malverna target. The wicket was very dry,started to turn prodigiously andMalvern lost wickets regularly. JakeKings bowled superbly and Malvernwere bowled out for 108. Downsidewas the last opponent of the seasonand again we elected to bat first. Onanother dry and dusty wicket the XIposted a competitive total of 254for 6 and once again our spinnersexploited the conditions to bring theseason to a fitting end.At other levels, the XXII also had itsmost successful season for years withHarry Wilson scoring two centuries.The U15 progressed in the NationalLord’s Taverners competition untilthey were beaten by a strongShrewsbury side and the U14reached the County Lord’s TavernersFinal. Will Briggs was the leadingU14 run scorer with a century andseveral other high scores and waswell supported by Will Lowe, HarryMallinder and Marcus Hunter.The athletics season was genuinelyoutstanding as many long-standingSchool records fell (see Brag Boardfor details). The intermediate boyswere not beaten in any fixture andachieved remarkable results. At theStuart HillTennis v UppinghamTennis v UppinghamTennis v St Edward’sTennis v UppinghamTennis v St Edward’s1213


summer 2010summer 2010Achilles Relays the intermediate boys’4x100m relay team set a new Schoolrecord and equalled the existingmeeting record with 44.6 seconds.This was the third time they hadbroken the School record this season.On the same day the junior boys’4x800m team won their event withBen Sutherland running a remarkablelast leg. Rugby has never won a cup atthe Achilles meeting before and to wintwo cups highlights the strength ofthe current team. At the Radley relaysthe intermediate team secured the4x100m cup with a meeting recordwhile the juniors won the Medleyrelay. Boys’ and girls’ teams qualifiedfor the Warwickshire round and willnow compete in the Midlands Final,placing them in the top 12 teamsin the Midlands. The girls also wonthe ESAA Midlands B Final. A recordnine pupils represented WarwickshireSchools this term.At the Independent Schools’ LawnTennis Association Championships,both girls and boys performed well.Amy Green and Laura Gordon-Lennox ably stepped up to playtwo years above their age-group,though sadly they lost to our firstpair, Georgia Archer-Clowes andIssy Schlee, who went on to becomerunners-up in the Plate competition.In the boys’ competition, Ollie Skailesand Ed Clarke were runners-up in theU16 Phillips Cup. The School Singlescompetition is now re-established;the senior cups were won by GeorgiaArcher-Clowes and Chris Jockelson.In the National Polo Tournaments,the U16B team of Tristram Hobson,Annah Morrish, Olivia Flowers andMax Barnes won their division,beating Dean Close and Felsted. In theNational Senior Schools tournament,the A team of Ciara McKibbin, JamesHudson, Ben Tubbs and MaddySports DayTwenty20 CricketStuart HillStuart HillPurver thrashed Bradfield in the finalto win Division 2. James Hudson wasawarded the ‘most promising playerof the whole tournament’ award.In golf we reached the regional finalsof both our major competitions butlost in both. We had a much weakenedside for the ISGA Matchplay due toinjuries and clashes with other sportsand lost out to Sollihull. In the finalof the HMC Foursomes we metWellington – a golf academy and oneof the top three schools nationally.We lost at the 19th hole, despite aterrific effort from Rory Browne andDavid Mackenzie who won 6 & 5,Huw Phillips and Jamie Hirst who lost4 & 3 and Qahir Popat and HughJohnson-Gilbert who lost on the 19thhole.Thanks to substantial financial supportfrom the Old Rugbeian Golf Societyand from The Old Rugbeian Trustour plan for a quality practice facilityfor the short game has been realisedthis year. The Anthony Armitage GolfPractice Area, named in recognitionof Anthony Armitage’s great supportfor School golf at the Gerald Micklemcompetition, was officially openedin June. It comprises a chipping andputting area, a bunker and threedriving nets with astro mats. We aredelighted with it.The sailing season began withthe BSDRA East Kent team racingchampionships at Westbere SC.Twenty schools were split intofour flights. In the first race againstKing’s Canterbury (runners-up), wewere clearly ahead thanks to somestrong upwind tactics. The teamshould have held the lead to thefinish but a brush with the umpireand subsequent disqualificationmeant the other team won. Learningfrom earlier mistakes we easily wonSports DayCricket v WyggestonStuart HillStuart Hill1415


summer 2010the second race after a good teamstart. We also won the third againstTonbridge after Happi used a brilliantmark trap to let James and Hannahtake pole positions and ensure a teamvictory. We enjoyed our best race ofthe tournament against Aldenham,where Rugby’s three boats finished1st, 2nd and 3rd. We had to win ourlast race against Magdalen College(eventual winners) to proceed tothe finals. This strong start wasfollowed by individual victories overOundle, Oakham and Uppingham.There was also the first ever Bteam fixture which was narrowlylost to Bloxham. Unfortunately theFerraro Wilkes Trophy was returnedto the ORs after we had held it forjust one year. Rugby’s sailors alsotravelled to Itchenor, West Sussex,to compete in the 420 NationalSchools Championships. The helmsHannah Bibby and Bart Holt-Smithcoped very well with the notoriouslyvariable weather, wind and tide. Thecrews Ian Sillett and Harry Eastwoodadapted superbly to the differenttechniques needed to sail the newclass of boat. Final positions were:Bart and Harry 16th, Hannah and Ian5th.Earlier in the term a team of 19 pupilsand staff took part in the StudentPartnership Worldwide charitytriathlon in Hyde Park which consistedof a 400m swim in the Serpentine, a15km cycle and then a 5km run. Theyare to be congratulated on raisingover £4500 for the SPW charity.In April the boys’ U14 Hockey sidetravelled to Cannock to take part inthe National Finals. The first day wentvery well, starting with a 2-0 victoryover the winner of the strong Easterndivision and a more comfortable5-1 win over a representative fromthe weaker North. This set up whatwas effectively a semi-final againstWilliam Borlase: a desperately tightfoughtmatch in which Rugby lost1-0 to the eventual winners, finallybeing placed a very creditable fourthin the country.Pre-season training for the girls’Hockey was very successful. A 12 teamhockey tournament included 14-0Sports Dayand 3-1 defeats of Bedford Modernand in rugby football all three agegroupsperformed well against theirrespective opposition. An auspiciousstart to the new school year.Stuart Hill16CreditsEditor: Dr Jonathan SmithDesigned & Printed byNeil Terry Printing, 01788 568000.Rugby, Warwickshire CV22 5EHwww.rugbyschool.netEmail: comms@rugbyschool.net

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines